I have a love/hate relationship with holidays like the 4th.
They are so fun. We blow up things, make big lights in the sky, gather together around food and friends and overall just enjoy ourselves. I just wish the reasons were better.
The official reasons sound pretty good. Freedom from oppression, separation of church and state, the freedom to worship God or not in your own way without fear of government stepping in. Man, that all sounds so nice. All things I believe in.
Yet, I have this sick feeling in my stomach. The feeling I get when I think about cops shooting innocent black people. The feeling I had when I went to Africa on a mission trip for my church only to discover I was the one who needed to understand their perspective on God and existence, and not the other way around. The same feeling I get when I think about all of the interventionism this country has perpetrated around the world in the name of 'freedom'... ugh... It goes on and on and on.
I debated even writing about this, because the last thing I want to do is be negative. I want nothing more than to join arm in arm with my brothers and sisters and sing Kumbaya... But I also want honesty and reality.
So maybe what I am doing here is asking what you think. Do you feel this way? If so, what do you do to reconcile the two feelings? Are there ways that you celebrate the 4th of July that help spread the message that America is not the answer? In other words, I have moved from a generally ethnocentric point of view to a much more global/cosmic-centric point of view, but I struggle with the rub between the two, I also struggle with ways to spread that message without shitting on people's parades.
What do you think?